UPDATE: A&E, HISTORY, H2 and Lifetime are now live on Sling TV.
Sling TV continues its roll out of new channels and packages today with several big additions. These additions bring Sling TV totals to 20 channels in the basic package with 5 aviable add-on packages.
Here are some highlights from today’s announcement:
- Sling TV availability on Xbox One gives millions of users access to live and VOD TV on their favorite gaming console.
- A+E Networks’ channels – A&E, HISTORY, H2 and Lifetime – will be available by the end of March in Sling TV’s “Best of Live TV” core package.
- Sling TV introduces two new add-on packs each priced at $5 per month:
- “Lifestyle Extra” includes truTV, Cooking Channel, DIY and WE tv, with FYI and LMN coming soon. With the addition of truTV, Sling TV now gives you additional access to March Madness games.
- “World News Extra” features Bloomberg TV, HLN, Euro News, France 24, NDTV 24/7, News 18 and Russia Today.
Together, these two new add-on packs replace Sling TV’s originally offered “News & Info Extra” pack that previously offered Cooking Channel, DIY, Bloomberg TV and HLN. Effective immediately, Sling TV’s “News & Info Extra” is no longer available for purchase. Sling TV plans to provide existing “News & Info Extra” subscribers with both the “Lifestyle Extra” and “World News Extra” for a total of $5 per month.
The addition of A&E channels brings the total count of channels in its basic package to 20. Soon the following channels will make up their basic package: ESPN, ESPN2, AMC, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, IFC, El Rey, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, Disney Channel, CNN and Galavision, with A&E, HISTORY, H2 and Lifetime coming soon.
“After only six weeks in market, we’re working towards nearly doubling the size of our ‘Best of Live TV’ core package while preserving our attractive $20 price point,” said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV. “With the upcoming arrival of A+E Networks’ highly-rated content, Sling TV will soon include 20 networks for just $20 per month.”
On top of the new channels the addition of Xbox One adds an estimated 10 million possible new subscribers to Sling TV.
“Sling TV and Xbox are a natural pairing; two out of three millennials think of themselves as gamers, while nearly nine out of 10 watch live sports on TV,” said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV. “Today’s Xbox One customers have been some of the most passionate about Sling TV since the beginning, and now we’re pleased to bring them live TV on their favorite gaming console.”
“Our partnership with Sling TV marks an important milestone in our commitment to bringing our community the best experiences on Xbox One,” said Mike Nichols, Corporate Vice President, Marketing for Xbox. “As the first gaming console where the service is available, Xbox One users will have more of their favorite entertainment and new, cutting edge options for watching TV at their fingertips starting today.”
Current Sling TV customers can add the app to their Xbox One consoles by downloading Sling TV from the Xbox One Apps Store and signing in with their Sling TV username and password. Additional information about Sling TV on Xbox One can be found at www.sling.com/devices/xbox.
Sling TV now has something for almost everyone.